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Bullying and Elder Abuse = Personal Injury

Bullying an older person is elder abuse and a very personal injury. Bullies pick on the most vulnerable of people.  Bullying occurs across gender and generations.  Children are bullied at school, on school grounds and on the Internet.  The aged can also be the target of bullies.

In Rochester, New York a case of middle school students bullying an elder adult bus monitor on a school bus has gone viral on the Internet. This form of elder abuse, bullying of an elder drew international outrage and an outpouring of support for the victim, Karen Klein.

Multiple video footage of middle school students abusing Karen Klein were caught on tape. In the video, the children taunt Karen for over ten minutes. The students taunted and bullied Karen to the point of tears. Karen said, "I tried to ignore them out, that's why I didn't hear some of the stuff because I was trying to shut them out." Taunting, teasing and bullying anyone is unacceptable. Elder Abuse can occur in the form of bullying from children. Any form of bullying or elder abuse is punishable by both the criminal and civil justice system.

In California a parent can be held responsible for the personal injuries their children cause.  Further, homeowner's insurance and umbrella insurance may provide a source for the victim to recover monetary reparation for the physical and psychological damage caused by the bullying. This damage is called personal injury. 

There are resources available to make victims of elder abuse whole. These resources include obtaining reparation for the injustice in the form of monetary compensation, public awareness and even incarceration of the bully. Help us protect our older citizens from all form of elder abuse. For over 34 years our attorneys at the Law Office of David P. Beeson have been helping victims overcome injuries. Experience counts. Visit our website at or call us at 619-233-6078.

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